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Best places to live car-free

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“The majority of cities that are easy to maneuver on foot or by public access also have relatively large bicycling communities. For example, more people bike to work in a city like Portland, Ore., than in a city like San Antonio, Texas, which is not very pedestrian or bicyclist friendly. Continue reading
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Gen Y could spark housing recovery

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The recent Census revealed that Americans are less mobile now than they were 10 or even 50 years ago . Household mobility — moving from one place to another — has hit a lull since World War II times.¬†Urban centers with high-tech colleges gained the biggest numbers, pointing to the fact that growing cities attract post-college grads who need work. Places like Raleigh, N.C.; Houston, Texas; and Baltimore, MD, among others, drew a lot of young talent in 2008-2010. Continue reading
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The sunny side of the job market

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Solar energy jobs have grown across the nation over the last year, showing off a positive side to the challenging labor market some Americans face. The LA Times reports that 100,237 solar-related jobs are held in the U.S., according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2011 conducted by the Solar Foundation, a research and education organization. Continue reading
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